A calendar page has been added to this site to assist students in knowing when announced quizzes and tests are as well as for scheduling presentations.
We have just taken our first round of performance assessments to end the first unit. Initial scores on all seven standards shall be entered as soon as absent students have made up the tests and I have them scored.
It is important to remember that for many students, this is their first time taking this type of test. Performance assessments are quite different from the typical paper-and-pencil tests they are used to taking. They are given scenarios and areWith the exception of the cultural information we have been studying, I am assessing skills rather than specific pieces of knowledge. Students may not yet be performing at a proficient level, and that's okay. It's not expected yet. It's important to keep in mind that they will have multiple performance assessments on each standard, and I will be looking for growth between now and the end of the trimester.
I just wanted to send out a reminder that DeWitt Junior High's Open House (Curriculum Night) is this evening (September 12) at 6:00 P.M. Parents will follow their child's schedule for the evening. Each class rotation will last eight minutes with two minutes of time for parents to move to the next class.
I have much more information to share than will fit in eight minutes. This evening I have decided to cover contact information and parent-teacher communication, major course topics, the high school graduation requirement for world languages, and proficiency standards. A separate presentation regarding grading and evaluation will be posted in this space within the next week.
I look forward to seeing you this evening!
I am very excited to be your child's Spanish I teacher! After a year at the Junior High without Spanish I, I am so pleased that we are offering the course again to eighth graders who are ready to tackle their high school world language graduation requirement.
Spanish I at DeWitt Junior High is equivalent to high school Spanish I. Students who demonstrate proficiency on the comprehensive final exam shall receive the first of their two world language credits required for graduation and shall be eligible to take Spanish II as freshman at DeWitt High School. Because this is a high school course, students can expect the workload and level of rigor to be much higher than in exploratory foreign language classes. Instruction will occur in Spanish much of the time, and students will be expected to use the language as much as possible.
Your child will receive a syllabus on the first day of school that explains necessary materials, classroom and academic expectations, and grading policies and procedures. I ask that students keep this syllabus in their binders so we can refer to it as necessary. If you would like a copy, you can access the syllabus on the Course Information section of my website. Please pay careful attention to the section on grading and evaluation.
This blog is meant to help you understand what is going on in Spanish I. I realize that it can be difficult for parents to remember to check six different classroom websites, so to ease this burden, blog updates will be posted to my Twitter feed. If you'd like to follow me on Twitter, you can search for me @MsFauson.
DeWitt Junior High's Open House is on Thursday, September 12, from 6:00 to 7:15 P.M. I will be using our short time together to talk about performance assessment and graduation requirements. I hope to see you! Finally, if there is anything you would like me to know about your eighth grader as we begin the school year, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail.